From what I saw and experienced as a participant at the event, there is a place in movement work for celebrities who genuinely care about the cause for which they are advocating.
The organizers of the event, which takes place this year on September 28, have kept SlutWalk “in the background” by referring to themselves as SlutWalk Philly, while calling the event itself “A March to End Rape Culture.”
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SlutWalk NYC showed why SlutWalk is an effective protest against rape. SlutWalk reverses expectations of how anti-rape protests should work, and uses humor to great effect to get the message across.
I’ll be at SlutWalk NYC representing every person who has ever been sexually assaulted but never reported it, for whatever reason. We welcome anyone who believes that rape should not be accepted by society any longer. We welcome anyone who believes that nobody deserves to be raped and nobody should be blamed for their attack.
SlutWalk is a grassroots movement, often spearheaded by young people organizing for the first time. Though the name has causes controversy, SlutWalk was never meant to be divisive. Instead it stands as a challenge to the notion that what might fall under a contemporary description of “sluttiness”—revealing clothing, flirting, drinking—does not equate consent to sex, and never justifies rape.
Answer: nothing. Except for anti-choice fanatics, who must realize on some level that Casey Anthony gives lie to their whole argument that every sexually active woman is ready to be a mother, and just needs a little force to see it.